2012 Portimao World Supersport Race Result: The Fight For The Title

Kenan Sofuoglu only needed to finish fourth to earn his third World Supersport title. With a damn but drying track, one would expect him to ride conservatively and take no risks. Anyone that follows Supersport racing, knows that's not what was going to happen.

Jules Cluzel, the only rider who could challenge Sofuoglu for the title, got the hole shot, leading by the first turn. Broc Parkes squeezed past to take the lead as Sam Lowes also pushed past a swathe of green bikes as Cluzel lost places going wide. Parkes led Fabien Foret and Sam Lowes while Sofuoglu trailed in sixth place.

Sofuoglu, however, doesn't usually lead races early, preferring to build up through the pack. Today was no different as he passed Foret then Cluzel as Broc Parkes and Sam Lowes swapped the lead back and forth. By the fourth lap, Sofuoglu had the lead, passing both Lowes and Parkes into the first turn, one by speed, the other by brakes.

The front five riders would fight for lap after lap, with Sofuoglu making mistakes, letting Parkes and Cluzel past, then Cluzel going wide, slowing Parkes enough for Sofuoglu to get back to the front.

Some laps, Kenan Sofuoglu would look over his shoulder on the straight, looking to see how his title placement looked and at other times, he would forget about the championship and ride on the limit. With all five of the top riders making mistakes, it came down to Sofuoglu looking like he'd settled in fourth place, but Sofuoglu isn't a settler. Jules Cluzel would go on to win the race, but Kenan Sofuoglu rode harder than he sensibly should have as clouds menaced the track to take second place and his third title.

As Cluzel promised to win the title next year, Sofuoglu parked up by the Turkish flags and changed into golden boots and returned to Parc Fermé a World Champion.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff
1 16 CLUZEL J Honda CBR600RR 1'47.416  
2 54 SOFUOGLU K Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'47.506 0.645
3 99 FORET F Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'47.656 0.969
4 23 PARKES B Honda CBR600RR 1'47.568 1.035
5 11 LOWES S Honda CBR600RR 1'47.462 3.905
6 32 MORAIS S Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'47.913 5.936
7 4 LINFOOT D Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'48.815 22.555
8 25 BALDOLINI A Triumph Daytona 675 1'48.657 22.595
9 34 QUARMBY R Honda CBR600RR 1'48.288 23.121
10 20 SCHOLTZ M Honda CBR600RR 1'48.748 23.740
11 55 ROCCOLI M Yamaha YZF R6 1'48.828 24.516
12 65 LEONOV V Yamaha YZF R6 1'48.641 25.609
13 8 ANTONELLI A Yamaha YZF R6 1'48.784 25.617
14 3 METCHER J Yamaha YZF R6 1'48.587 25.919
15 14 TALMACSI G Honda CBR600RR 1'48.505 27.667
16 93 MARINO F Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'48.936 27.669
17 117 PRAIA M Honda CBR600RR 1'48.729 30.246
18 53 DEBISE V Honda CBR600RR 1'48.771 30.584
19 98 LANUSSE R Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'49.072 30.767
20 10 TOTH I Honda CBR600RR 1'48.882 32.093
21 38 NEMETH B Honda CBR600RR 1'49.072 52.261
22 40 JESSOPP M Honda CBR600RR 1'50.281 1'13.403
23 78 VLASOV S Yamaha YZF R6 1'50.592 1'13.599
24 125 MARRANCONE D Honda CBR600RR 1'50.675 1'18.998
25 94 MAURIN A Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'51.663 1 Lap
26 33 POLZER Y Yamaha YZF R6 1'51.093 3 Laps
27 7 PASEK A Honda CBR600RR 1'53.968 5 Laps
28 61 MENGHI F Yamaha YZF R6 1'50.854 6 Laps
29 87 MARCONI L Yamaha YZF R6 1'49.850 10 Laps
30 13 LOMBARDI D Honda CBR600RR 1'49.676 11 Laps
31 24 BLOKHIN E Yamaha YZF R6 1'54.653 14 Laps
32 22 TAMBURINI R Honda CBR600RR    
RET 31 IANNUZZO V Triumph Daytona 675   18 Laps


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It's a well deserved title in the sense that he's very fast, won the most races and was consistently among the front runners and fighting for wins. On the other hand he was once again a lunatic on more than one occasion, and got away with it without serious penalty, the high-speed ramming attack on Foret being the worst incident in 2012 that we know of. I would liked to have seen another rider as champion. He is dangerous.
Congrats to Kawasaki though. They deserve some success by now.